Every Volvo Model To Be Electrified From 2019

Eager to cement its position as a leader in the industry, Volvo has announced that every new vehicle it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor.

In a statement, the Swedish automaker revealed that between 2019 and 2021, it will launch five fully-electric cars, two of which will come from the company’s performance division, Polestar. These models will then be supplemented by a selection of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid vehicles with 48-volt power supplies.

Volvo says the move marks the moment it will start to phase out internal combustion engines from its vehicles as it looks to embrace the dramatically-changing face of the market.

According to Volvo president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson, the move comes on the back of demand from customers.

“This is about the customer. People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it,” he revealed.

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  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    waiting for mk3 S60/V60

  • LeStori

    Excellent. The People of Baotou in China will be excited that more battery powered vehicles are to be produced. As an article in another newspaper put it.”Baotou is the world’s biggest supplier of rare earth minerals and it’s hell on Earth”

    As an aside, with electrified engines being the way forward, where will Governments get the taxes that they currently receive from Fuel taxes. They will not let them vanish. Presumably a higher yearly registration as it will be difficult to put it on electricity. And speaking of electricity, we will need much, much more of it.

    I suspect more electricity usage with result in either higher electricity prices for all or blackouts or both. There is usually no free lunch.

    • Agree, this raises lots of new questions. For too long Governments have relied on huge taxes for petrol/diesel (here in the UK at least) so I’m expecting a slow shift to extracting cash out of EV owners anytime soon. The current free road tax for EVs will no doubt stop and I’d imagine the VAT on our energy bills to rocket. The cash has to come from somewhere.

      Great move by Volvo though.

    • BlackPegasus

      Just a minor hiccup. Change is never easy. Especially when the existing outdated framework is already baked in.

  • Jonny

    Wow, which Car brand will be next ?

  • TennJoe

    Bet Fuel Cells are the future engines, not have to charge electric ones.

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